LITERARY ESSAYS

The Best Contemporary Iraqi Writing about WarLiterary Hub, 12 October 2017

Why I Write About Iraqis: Novelist Helen Benedict on the obligations of fictionRead Her Like an Open Book, 11 October 2017     

"Why Imagination Matters"Powell's Book Blog, 10 October 2017

"The Mnemonic Library: A Reading Experiment"Blog posted on The Quivering Pen, David Abram's literary site, 8 May 2014

"Reporting on Afghanistan in the Shadow of the 'I'", Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 February 2014

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"Why Argument Belongs in Fiction"The Brooklyn Quarterly, Fall 2013

"How do we cover wrongdoing in the military when soldiers don't want to be labeled victims?"Columbia Journalism Review, 25 January 2013

"Research in Fiction -- Necessary but Dangerous"The Center for Fiction/Writers on Writing   

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"Covering Rape Responsibly", Women's Media Center, 1 February 2013

"Why I Wrote a War Novel"The Cafe at On the Issues Magazine, August 2011

"The Frightened Muse"Originally posted on Featurewell.com in 2001 and revised in 2006

"Fiction vs. Nonfiction: Wherein Lies the Truth"Poets & Writers Magazine,November / December 2001


POLITICAL ESSAYS

On a Greek Island, Refugees' Hopes Are Put on HoldGuernica, 31 August 2018

In Trouble, but Not AloneSlate, 25 June 2018

Snapshots of Hate and Resistance: Charlottesville, VA, August, 2017War, Literature and the Arts Journal, March 2018

How to make #MeToo stick this timeCNN, 21 November 2017

"The Military Has a Man Problem"Politico, August 2015

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"The Moral Confusion of Post-War America"Guernica, May 2014

"Military Women's Long March to Equality," Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed, 26 January 2013

"The hidden side of women’s military service: sexual assault", Columbia Journalism Review, January 2013

"A Call for Change: Helen Benedict on The Lonely Soldier and The Invisible War", Signature, July 2012 

"New Act Could Fix the Military’s Fatally Flawed Handling of Sexual Assault"Ms. Magazine blog. 17 November 2011

"War: A Love Story"On the Issues Magazine, February 2011

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"The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq"Dart Center, Jan 2011

"Women at War," a series of blogs for PBSPOV for PBS, 17 February 2010

 

"The Scandal of Military Rape"Ms. Magazine, 2008 *Winner of EMMA, Exception Merit in Media Award, from the National Women's Political Caucus

"Drowning in the Garden of Eden: an op ed on global warming", The Washington Post, 22 November 2009

"The Plight of Women Soldiers"The Nation, 18 May 2009

"When Johnny Comes Marching In"The New York Times, 10 April 2009

"Betrayal in the Field: An excerpt from The Lonely Soldier"Columbia Magazine, April 2009

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"Women at War Face Sexual Violence"BBC News, 17 April 2009

"How to Lie With Statistics"Huffington Post, 20 March 2009

"Violent Veterans: The Big Picture"Huffington Post, 14 January 2009

"For Women Warriors, Deep Wounds, Little Care"The New York Times Op-Ed, 16 May 2008

"Why Soldiers Rape"In These Times, 13 August 2008

"The Private War of Women Soldiers", Salon.com, 2007  *Winner of James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, 2007

Radio essay on military sexual abuseAcademic Minute broadcast, WAMC

"Tone Deaf: Learning to Listen to the Music in Prose"Poets & Writers Magazine, Nov/Dec 2001